Apple iPhone 5 16GB

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Improved, sleeker design with a larger than usual 4.8" display. Slick iOS, great camera, faultless hardware and 4G connectivity. One of the best smartphones currently on the market

THE GOOD

Bigger screen with a higher resolution, lighter and thinner than previous models and super fast

THE BAD

Limited 4G network, poor maps app, unable to use current SIM, needs new adapter for docks and chargers

9.3out of 10 read review

User Reviews (35)

7.6 read reviews
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Operating SystemiOS iOS 6.0
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Display Size4.00 inches
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9.3out of 10

Take a bite out of this Apple!

The long-awaited iPhone 5

Apple has worked hard to get this one right – and in the main they have succeeded but there are still one or two hiccups

What We Like

If you were afraid to build your hopes up only to have them dashed like you did when Apple released the iPhone 4S, then fear not: the iPhone 5 has had an overhaul. The display is larger at 4 inches and has an increased resolution; the processor is faster, and it comes with 4G capability.

Apple has made this latest addition to the iPhone stable thinner and lighter than its predecessor at just 7.6mm and 112g, and the rear casing is made from aluminium rather than Gorilla Glass, which gives it a sleek look. This slimmed down iPhone is possible because of this change in its construction, and also to Apple deciding to lose some of the bigger components, such as the 30-pin connector, and moving from a micro to a nano-SIM.

The extra half-inch in the screen size makes a massive difference: there’s room for more icons on the home screen, and the 16:9 aspect ratio means that you will have superior viewing when it comes to watching movies on your iPhone. You’ll also wonder how you managed with your old 4S when it comes to surfing the web and using Mail and Notes apps – far less scrolling to catch the end of the message!

If you were impressed with the speed of the 4S, you are going to be blown away by the iPhone 5. The A6 chip is a new processor that makes loading apps completely stutter-free, and swiping through home screens or menus is as smooth as a dish of cream. In fact, to test the two phones, we tried exporting two two-minute videos using the highest resolution: the iPhone 5 romped home in less than half the time in just over two and a half minutes!

Apple has included three microphones that are built into the front, back and bottom of the iPhone 5, so call quality is improved, and because this handset supports HD Voice, you will appreciate the superior call quality when you need to use a supported carrier.

What We Don't Like

The iPhone 5 is very definitely at the high-price end of the market, particularly if you are an avid apps fan because that means you may have to forego the smaller 16GB model in favour of the more expensive 32GB handset.

Although the iPhone 5 boasts 4G, it must be remembered that currently there is only one UK network that supports this: Everything Everywhere’s EE. O2 and Vodafone have 4G services in the pipeline but the iPhone 5 will only latch onto the 1,800MHz spectrum band that EE uses, although it must be mentioned that Virgin are in talks with EE and that the 4G will probably be achieved with Three’s network once it is running.

It’s also worth mentioning that the change from micro to nano-SIM means that you will also have to contact your network for a new SIM card.

Conclusion

The iPhone 5 certainly has a lot to offer – but it demands a lot too in the form of lots of money! If you are determined to own this prestigious little gadget, then so be it, but if you are happy to check out an alternative, take a look at the all-singing, all-dancing Samsung Galaxy S3, which is perhaps, the best Android phone out there right now.

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7.6

I like I phone 5 than iphone 4, this is so great phone that I can easily make manage to download and used my Bluetooth navigation.

8.5out of 10

Been using iphone 5 for 2 days, cool phone and very user friendly but always have to keep it boxed cause scratches easily.

8out of 10

I phone 5 feels like a slim remote control in my hand, I’m very disappointed with the lack of features that I expected they must have because they don’t on iphone 4.

6out of 10

I am satisfied of the apple phones, the camera is clear mp3 playing so nice and good and even I am not using the headset the speaker seems so good then.

8out of 10

i have been using this for some time now already and I have no problem with this except there are some scratches seen on the screen because of everyday usage.

8out of 10

iphone 5 seems to be ok at first but why did they not include the Wi-Fi, it is the good and best to have in any places as of today like malls and coffee shop.

8out of 10

I never had a phone before but I decided to get iphone 5, very impressed but the fact that I can’t connect to a lot of other Bluetooth phones mean I can’t swap photos and other files.

8out of 10

Like the phone but I don’t like the color, so I still looks for other phone with the color I want and with also same features.

8out of 10

Nice I enjoy using it while playing my favorite songs as if I have an ipad. And the games I downloaded are good to play.

8out of 10

I have iphone 4, I think iphone 5 has same features with 4, because my friend is using the iphone 5 and we try to browse its menu to find out their differences.

8out of 10

Iphone 5 has the highest standard bar smartphones. So the high end smartphones of the world need a compulsory comparison in features, design with it before and after released.

9out of 10

I had mine last night and its my 1st day to use the iphone 5. Battery is really good. Though at first its really a new experience with the 4’ screen and took some time to get used with a larger screen.

8out of 10

I have LG optimus, it is what I am using as my basic phone, but I am starting to have a problem on it like it wont have a long time life of the battery, now I am thinking I should have bought an Apple iphone 5.

8out of 10

Iphone 5 is my first phone, it was nice and cool not until the Android phone came which very nice and most easy to access the internet.

8out of 10

The screen maybe sharp but its very dim when you put it next to competitors phones, it relies ont its ipod and itunes and applications.

8out of 10

Network sharing, There is network sharing on the I phone. Not sure what crack your smoking. The customized main screen is a really cool feature, something I can also live without. You guys are really bickering about a really small thing, that is not really important. if it means that much, then a stupid android phone and stay the hell away from this forum, as fan of androids has already forced gsm arena into reviewing posts before it gets posted already.

8out of 10

I'm sorry apple, but your new os is garbage. There are so many glitches, I keep dropping calls, and sometimes my phone power cycles. Something your old os never had a problem with. Also it's not as smooth, and the most important part, internet processing is slow. Another problem is your app library sucks now. What happened to all those cool apps and games you have, I know multi tasking is cool, but I think your new os, is killing the battery life, as my phone drains the battery quickly.

6out of 10

The display is not as good as before. Doesn't look as nice! Bring back your retina, you are saying you have 1080hd screen, but it still not as good as the ios6, with apple, also when the hell are you going to let me update to the jelly bean 4.2! I've been waiting for 2 months! With, it's right there. let me update it! Also you allowing other companies to use your o.s, there is inconsistencies running your OS. with does that phone can update to your latest version jelly bean by mine cant Bring back your old OS, or else i'm going straight to Nokia Lumnia.

7out of 10

I phone 5 is a great phone but what I don’t get why Ibe hearing oh I phone came out first with this and that when you all know is not true. For instant front side camera the first phone was an all LG phone. What I am sure of is that when something comes out from any company like android, windows phone, and blackberry they intent to make it better.

8.5out of 10

I love how a lot of things works on iphone but what I don’t like is that I cant customize my icon syreen like I want to with widgets and other stuff. Another thing is on the navigator if I am searching for an address on google I cant click on the address I have to copy it on a paper or something go on the map or navigator and type it in while on android you just click and automatically ask you want to use google map, goggle hearth it or navigate it.

8out of 10

Their are actual user opinion’s on this page, but a lot of fandroids have forced apple users to defend themselves non stop. 95% of the reviews here have been positive. Any negative reviews, is most likely a android user pretending to have owned the ip5 then slam it to death.

8out of 10

I Phone and Samsung Galaxy series are the best phones on the market. And either way they are both great choices. I will admit that the I Phone is missing features that could have easily added, most of the apple junkies will deny it but guess what it’s the truth. Samsung with android can do just about anything you'd want in a smart phone. I personally love android.

8.5out of 10

I am very techy, love the freedom and have wanted a S3 since prerelease rumors. But I’m as of now planning on getting the I Phone for one reason, the fact that it just works. Apple has really nailed that hardware software fluidity. Android does don’t lie to yourself have slightly less reliability rate, it glitches, lags, etc. It is defiantly not as bad past versions of android but I have had enough fiddling to get things to work, flashing, re-installing, and 6 week warranty repair trips.

8out of 10

Very poor Analogy because if you buy a Ferrari most people only use it the occasional weekend on sunny days and they have other cars that fit their daily needs, so yeah if you want to compare to Ferrari which is fast on a perfectly smooth road and is only really good when you get it on a track then yeah it's just like the I Phone.

7out of 10

This is a common condition, mainly amongst teenagers, but usually they grow out of it with social interaction. Unfortunately the Internet has led to many living secluded lives with minimal interaction, and gave rise to a me syndrome as displayed by many Android fan boys who are now adults.

8out of 10

The best thing about this phone is its name. nothing more. You are just paying for the brand and not for performance.

4out of 10

How can most people say that this phone is no good? It is Apple! Its name suggests that it is really reliable. I know my gadgets and iPhone 5 is not just a bigger version of its predecessor. It is an improved version! If you do not see this logic then you might not be that good at assessing the worth of what you buy.

9out of 10

Biggest regret of my life. Buying this phone to replace an equally expensive gadget that is not at that different.

3out of 10

Considerin its price I think you can find better things to spend on. Well, basically, you can get a cheaper phone which could offer the same kind of strength and features and use the remaining money to buy other stuffs. Like a dog maybe. Put it simply, this one is just too overpriced!

4out of 10

Well, the first one was already breathtaking. I am at a lost of words to describe how satsufuied I have been since I started using this phone. I am just thankful that I did not listen right away to the negative cricitcisms my friend gave.

9.5out of 10

Do not listen to any other criticism you hear about this phone. Apple phones and other products, what most people do not know are very dedicated. This means that their features are fine tuned into something that it is meant to do. Say for example, if it has been custom-designed to work well as a music phone, then it is the best at being a music phone. Unlike other products out there that try to include everything in one gadget. Jack of all trades, a master of none. This is something that Apple does not want to happen to its own products.

9out of 10

Well, for one it did not rock me off. With all the hype, waiting and expectation, clearly it did not really deliver well. performance wise, it is really okay. But to say that it is as phenomenal as what Apple had us believe is but a clear lie.

6out of 10

The Panoramic view of the camera is just amazing and it comes with a thinner version too! More options for me!

7out of 10

This phone changed my impression of Apple phones. This has made me reconsider the fact that iPhones are no good. Actually, if you do not own any of the iPhone series and this phone is the firs you will ever have, it is actually superb. Ranting about this phone’s capabilities should not be blamed on its design but to those people who could not settle on one gadget for a long time and want to always make an impression that they can always afford whatever is new.

9out of 10

I think this phone deserves more respect that it is getting. It is not just a ripoff. It has actually a lot of things to offer. They say it is overrated. For me, it has been negatively critized even before it had the chance to prove itself in the market.

8.5out of 10

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